THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Jun25

Gardening Jobs in June

What are the gardening jobs in June? Here are a few of the things we are looking at around the garden… (and if that’s not enough, then for a simple, easy to digest guide, see Alan’s book below…)

Cut back any perennials that are going over (poppies for example) and thin the stems of plants like euphorbia (please wear gloves when you do this, as when the stems break they exude a milky sap that can irritate your skin.)

Mow and edge the lawn every week (but think about some labour saving alternatives…)

Stake anything you have forgotten to stake.

Tie in your sweetpeas – and get ready for their brilliant display!

Plant out tender or ‘exotic’ plants.

Pick and eat your strawberries and raspberries. Is there any better way to watch Wimbledon?

Have you clipped your box yet?

Prune spring flowering shrubs that have now gone over. This is an important one!

Find out if your garden is bee friendly by taking the buzz test.

Be water-wise – you do not need to water your lawn (though the vegetable garden would appreciate some…)

Weed the borders, and while you’re in there, take a look around you. What is working, what is not? Are there any gaps that need filling or unhappy plants that could be moved? Get to know your flowers!

Last (but not least) enjoy your garden. Sit down, open a bottle of wine and get the barbeque on. That’s what it’s all about!

For more information about what to do in the garden now, try these books – they’ll get you inspired…

The Complete How To Be A Gardener

The Gardener’s Pocket Bible: Every gardening rule of thumb at your fingertips (Pocket Bibles)

RHS Gardening Month by Month

… and for something a little more fun, we offer you this lovely book about a guy who began gardening in London during the day, while spending his evenings writing comedy.

Best moment?

Discovering why it is hard to find a good gardener, because they all die out over winter when there is no work to sustain them! It’s a lovely read, enjoy it!

Apr27

Beekeepers – Quick Notes On Plants For Bees

tulips for bees

Fine news for beekeepers today – a total ban on bee-harming pesticides has been announced! To celebrate, here is a list of plants we recommend as being brilliant for the bees: Helenium Sedum Echium vulgare Marjoram or Oregano Eupatorium (common name? Joe Pye-Weed. But don’t let that put you off!) Borage Nepeta Veronicastrum Teucrium Bonus plants for shady spots? Try hellebore, lamium and pulmonaria. Looking for a shrub to plant near your apiary? Phillyrea ought to do it. Although it is difficult to get hold of…. we are working on making it more available though, so check back with Modern …

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Apr20

Thoughts On Modern Mint, April 2018

Hey Modern Minters, we have been busy already this year – so busy! Here is some of the topiary work we love doing so much…. A post shared by ModernMint (@modernmintshop) on Apr 5, 2018 at 9:48am PDT Whilst evenings (and some afternoons!) have been spent travelling the country giving garden talks to clubs, horticultural societies, WI’s and U3A’s. This is all fabulous fun but it has meant: We have not been consistent with our mailing list I have not finished the book ‘Helping The Honeybee’ I was due to get to the publisher by the end of February There …

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Mar30

Helping The Honeybee, Southend On Sea Beekeepers

Helping the honeybee

This week I gave a talk – Helping The Honeybee – to the lovely beekeeping group at Southend on Sea. Here are some notes for those who didn’t have a chance to write down some of the ideas we spoke about and shared…. The Top Plants For Bees Helenium Sedum Echium Marjoram (which you will find in your seedballs) Oregano Eupatorium, also known as Joe Pye-Weed Borage Nepeta Veronicaastrum Teucrium Phillyrea If you want a hedge for around your apiary, you will not go too far wrong with planting the amazing, tough as old boots, Phillyrea. Read plenty more about …

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